C H A P T E R 1 9
Built-in Applications and System Data
Using the Names Application
This section describes
adding a new type of card to the Names application
adding a new data item to a card
adding a new card layout style
using the Names methods
using the Names soup
using two protos with pickers for personae and emporia
Adding a New Type of Card
The New button on the Names status bar creates its picker by looking at the
registered dataDefs for the Names application. All dataDefs whose
slot is set to
show up in the New picker. When the user picks a choice, the
routine defined for that dataDef is called.
Built-in choices on the New picker include Person, Company, and Group. You
can create a new type of card for the Names application by supplying a new
In addition to the usual slots found in a dataDef frame, Names dataDefs contain
two special slots,
These slots are described in "Names Data Definition Frame" (page 16-2) in Newton
Programmer's Reference. For information on dataDefs in particular, and stationery
in general, see Chapter 5, "Stationery."
Adding a New Data Item
The Add button on the Names status bar allows the user to add new items of
information to a card, such as a phone number or an address for a person. There is
a Custom choice on the Add picker (pop-up menu), through which the user can
create special data items that contain a simple text field. However, you can
programmatically add new choices to the picker by creating and registering new
view definitions with the Names application.
The Add button creates its picker from the viewDefs registered for the card type of
the current card. Of these, only viewDefs whose
slot is set to
up in the Add picker.
Names viewDefs must contain a special slot called
, in addition to
those slots required of all viewDefs. The
slot is described in "Names
View Definition Frame" (page 16-3), and the slots common to all viewDefs are
described in "viewDef Frame" (page 4-1) in Newton Programmer's Reference.